JJ Abrams to Direct 'Star Wars: Episode IX' After Colin Trevorrow's Exit

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'Star Wars Episode IX' loses director Colin Trevorrow

Since Episode IX isn't now filming, there is some leeway for Lucasfilm to find a new director. The untitled Han Solo spin-off recently lost its directors at the very end of the production and it's starting to look like there might be a bit of a struggle for directors to see their vision through.

Johnson never explicitly says he's not in talks to direct the project, so don't count him out entirely just yet. He will serve as writer and director of Star Wars Episode IX.

However, a subsequent report by Vulture suggested however that Lucasfilm boss Kathleeen Kennedy fired Trevorrow because he was "difficult", and that the bad reviews for his last film, The Book of Henry, hadn't helped. With Episode IX, it's a little different.

There has also been a massive call for Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins to direct it, however that is much less likely to happen now that she has officially signed on for Wonder Woman 2.

Some fans were also surprised by the news that Rian Johnson will not return for Episode IX because he said on Twitter in July that he would direct another Star Wars movie "in a heartbeat".

Whilst Disney and Lucasfilm said in a statement: "We want to assure our fans that Lucasfilm has no plans to digitally recreate Carrie Fisher's performance as Princess or General Leia Organa". Rogue One: A Star Wars Story also had a lot of success with a December release a year ago, bringing in more than $1 billion at the global box office. Jon Favreau is working on his Lion King remake.

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Rian Johnson in an interview with Good Morning America. As a byproduct of changing directors so late in the game, Lucasfilm's options were limited as they searched for a replacement.

"I LOVED Force Awakens so I'm sort of okay with Abrams returning, but at the same time, dang".

Another key factor that contributed to Abrams' hiring is his continued involvement with the sequel trilogy. If he did direct Episode IX, he'd then have to go through all of that pressure again within two years of having to deal with it the first time.

It's been wild over at Disney concerning the Star Wars franchise in recent months. To borrow a sports analogy, this is like when a football team promotes its offensive coordinator to head coach midseason to keep the established system in place.

The Last Jedi seems stacked with cameos thus far, with rumors of Tom Hardy, Prince Harry, Prince William, and British pop star Gary Barlow playing Stormtroopers seemingly confirmed by Star Wars star John Boyega. Stability really matters here.

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